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5-Gal. SX5000TM Penetrating Clear Solvent-Based Silane-Siloxane Concrete & Masonry Sealer, Water Repellent, Salt Guard by Foundation Armor

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Appearance & Life

Appearance

The Armor SX5000 is designed to work entirely below the surface. It will not change the look or color of the substrate and it will not leave a visible surface film.

If you are looking for a wet look, low gloss, or high gloss, consider instead the Armor WL550 for a matte wet look, the Armor AR350 for a low gloss wet look, or the Armor AR500 for a high gloss wet look.

Product Life

When properly applied, the Armor SX5000 can provide up to 7-10 years of life on an exterior surface before the need to recoat.

Water Bead: Surface water beading will not occur on all surfaces. While some surfaces may experience an instantaneous bead, others won’t experience a surface water bead at all. Surface water beading is not a sealer benefit. Surface water bead is caused from resin build-up on the surface. Once the resin build-up goes away, so will the bead. The Armor SX5000 is designed to work entirely below the surface so its benefits are made visible through performance. You will find sealed surfaces dry faster, are easier to clean, and experience less damage caused by freeze-thaw cycles and de-icing salts.

Looking for a water based penetrating sealer? Instead, consider the Armor SX5000 WB.

How To Apply

he Armor SX5000 should be applied with a solvent/acetone resistant HVLP pump sprayer. For best results, avoid applying with a roller. For consistent coverage, two coats should be applied back to back, while the surface is still wet.

Time of Day

To allow for proper absorption and reaction, the Armor SX5000 should only be applied in the early evening (around 5 PM or later) when air and surface temperatures are declining, and when the sun is no longer positioned over the surface.

Surface Preparation

The Armor SX5000 should be applied to a completely clean and dry surface. If the surface was cleaned with water or pressure washed prior to application, allow the surface to dry for at least 24 hours before sealing. While the surface may appear dry and feel dry to touch, water below the surface trapped in the pores can cause the same issues. While pressure washing the surface is typically sufficient, spot treatment may be necessary for deep or older stains. If the surface is smooth troweled, or does not easily accept water, acid etching may be required prior to applying sealer. It is always suggested to apply the Armor SX5000 to a test area to verify absorption, coverage, compatibility, and project suitability.

The Armor SX5000 is designed specifically for unsealed concrete and masonry surfaces. Do not apply this product over a surface recently sealed with a water repellent sealer, or previously sealed with a film-forming sealer or coating.

Solvent Based Concrete Sealer Water Based Concrete Sealer Penetrating Concrete Sealer Wet Look Masonry Sealer Wet Look Concrete Sealer
Armor SX5000 Armor SX5000 WB Armor SC25 Armor WL550 Armor AR350
Uses Unsealed Concrete, Brick, Masonry Unsealed Concrete, Brick, Masonry Unsealed White Concrete Only Unsealed Concrete, Brick, Masonry Unsealed Concrete & Pavers, Concrete & Pavers Previously Sealed w Solvent Based Acrylic
Appearance Won't Change Look Won't Change Look Won't Change Look Wet Look Wet Look Low Gloss
Sealer Type PRO Grade Silane-Siloxane PRO Grade Silane-Siloxane PRO Grade Siliconate PRO Grade Siloxane PRO Grade Solvent Based Acrylic
Base Solvent-Based Water-Based Water-Based Solvent-Based Solvent-Based
Life 7-10 Years 7-10 Years 5-7 Years 3-5 Years 1-5 Years
Professional Grade
Easy to Apply

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Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to apply, does have strong odor so ventilate.
By roaming runkels on August 20, 2018
We applied the Armor SX5000 with a roller, it was very easy to apply and it soaked right in. There is a strong chemical smell so make sure you are ventilated and don't breath in the fumes when bending over the pan. I would say it was dry in about 1 hours. After it was dry the driveway was a uniform color, the same as when we started, not patchy colors as some people mentioned. The 5 gallon can barely covered our whole double wide driveway that is about 35 feet long. So our coverage was a little less, around the 125 ft^2/gallon as mentioned on the literature. We were extremely happy on how well packaged the 5 gallon can came and it was delivered on the date as promised. We have a large rain storm coming tomorrow and snow will be here soon, waiting to see how it all works.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2015
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1.0 out of 5 stars and learned from a pro that silane and siloxane-based products are usually a good way to go
By Jon on December 3, 2015
Here is a summary of my very negative experience with this product. I have a 15 year-old driveway that had some minor chipping and spalling. I did my homework, and learned from a pro that silane and siloxane-based products are usually a good way to go. I enjoy a good DIY so, I found Foundation Armor.

I do not want to risk being unfair in my review, so I will stick to a quick summary of exactly how I applied this product in conjunction with the S2000 product (applied some time before). I followed the recommended directions to the letter. I live in Colorado, so rest-assured the climate is very dry and residual moisture was not an issue.

You will see some pictures which clearly depict how badly this product affected the finish of my driveway. I live in an HOA covenanted neighborhood, and it is safe to say that this "protectant" will wind up costing me a small fortune to properly resurface and repair (I've already had some complaints).

Here is the process I followed for preparing my driveway. I found a stretch of weather in Colorado where we had a long period of sunshine between 45 and 70 degrees. Not uncommon here. No rain. I shut off my sprinklers for the duration.

1. Week 1, T-minus 72 hours to S2000 application, I power washed my entire driveway using Simple Green, gave it a scrub, and a high pressure rinse, twice
2. Week 1, time of application for S2000, I used a low pressure, hand pump sprayer to spray my entire drive and front walk with S2000 - application was thorough, but uniform, no puddling or pooling
3. Week 1, +48 hours after application of S2000, my drive was visibly dry and I re-allowed traffic
4. Week 2, T-minus 24 hours to SX5000 (siloxane) application, I used a power blower to clean off my drive and ensured no new moisture or substance had come in contact with the surface
5. Week 2, time of application for SX5000 "test", I rolled a small square on my driveway with a standard roller, and within 24 hours it was dry to the eye with no dark spots remaining
6. Week 2, +24 hours after initial test, I continued the application method with a roller of SX5000 used in test, ensuring uniform application (no puddling or pooling, same application as my test)
7. Week 2, +72 hours after full application, I have the issues as-presented with the attached pictures, and severe spotting / dark spots across much of my drive - with no pre-application visual differences between these spots

Do note that Foundation Armor was very hard to get in-touch with after I had these issues. I was in-contact with two gentlemen at Foundation Armor. Mike, a sales / engineer recommended that I try to treat the problem by "vigorously rubbing acetone" into the dark spots. The last of these images reflects the after-state of trying that. It actually made the problem worse because the acetone caused the effect of droplet-spotting from any splashes. The manager, Eric, attempted to call me back once, but in general offered no help and actually advised me that my application was at-fault. You may be the judge based on my careful detail, above.

I can tell you that I continued to test this product on other, inconspicuous pieces of concrete on my lot, to see if there was any way to apply it to avoid these problems. Granted, you will see that the blemishing is not uniform, or predictable. That is part of the issue. I had mild success if I applied so little of the product (via low pressure spray vs. rolling) that I would estimate it is "doing nothing". Even in those regions I had some staining.

Good luck. I wish that the product had not visually wrecked my three car driveway. But, in the end, DIY comes with those caveats. I'd gladly have paid a contractor several hundred dollars more to have some accountability, recourse, and actual help when things went badly.
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